When should you get a dedicated summer tire? This depends on what kind of driving you do and where you live. If you live in an area which experiences very hot summers with occasional summer rain showers it would be well advised to invest in dedicated summer tire. This is because the summer tires are formulated with a softer rubber compound and larger tread blocks to maximize contact with the road in warmer weather. This is why summer tires have better grip in both wet and dry conditions. Summer tires are able to handle wet roads better than winter tires and can be used from spring until fall. As always, it’s important to have a tread depth of at least four millimeters to prevent hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is the reasons for most of the accidents in the summer season so to stay safe make sure you equip your vehicle with good quality summer tires and always check that the tread depth is adequate.
If you live in an area where the summers are really hot like here in Florida, the summer tires allow the best handling on both wet and dry roads. You will have optimal performance so if you have a high performance car you will get the most enjoyment and handling when using dedicated summer tires. Of course, you could get away with using all-season tires however since they are kind of a jack-of-all-trades you won’t get nearly the same driving performance.
Summer tires like the Nokian zLine offer responsive steering and maintain perfect feel of the road under all summer conditions. This is because of many innovations like the multilayer rubber compound, which ensures that the feel of the road remains predictable under all circumstances. It also has low rolling resistance, which translates to lower fuel consumption. This is just some of the advanced features that a dedicated summer tire provides. It also is much more silent then other tires taking advantage of the silent groove design, which prevents noise.
With summer lasting from early spring to late fall here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida the investment into a summer tire more than pays off. I also quite enjoy driving and spend lots of time on the road so for me it is important to get the most enjoyment out of the driving with high quality well performing tires.